I STARTED PAINTING AT THE AGE OF 22, WHEN I RECEIVED MY FIRST SET OF OIL PAINTS FOR A CHRISTMAS PRESENT. INTRIGUED BY ART FROM AN EARLY AGE (MY FATHER DREW AND BUILT HIS OWN BOATS,BUT IT WAS HIS DRAWING I WAS MOST INTERESTED IN.I WAS CAPTIVATED BY HIS SKETCHES OF BIRDS,SHRIMP BOATS AND PEOPLE.) I ALWAYS KNEW I WANTED TO PAINT, BUT SETTLED FOR SKETCHING AS PAINTS WERE NOT AVAILABLE TO ME. BORN IN A SMALL FISHING VILLAGE IN NORTH FLORIDA(1943), WE WERE POOR, EVERYBODY WAS. THERE WERE NO EXTRAS, NO ART CLASSES WERE OFFERED IN OUR SCHOOLS, YOU WERE LUCKY IF YOU HAD A BOX OF CRAYONS. MY FATHER WORKED IN THE BAY , AND DIED IN THE BAY BEFORE I WAS NINE YEARS OLD,BUT HE HAD ALREADY ENSTILLED IN ME THE LOVE OF CREATING BEAUTIFUL THINGS.
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